CHILD TESTIMONY AND THE LEGAL DEFINITION OF CHILDHOOD IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LONDON
This thesis examines the status of children under eighteenth-century English law. It is divided into three sections: legal treatises, felonious court cases with child victims, and felonious cases with juvenile defendants. It identifies significant differences between the legal treatment of children in eighteenth-century philosophical legal treatises and actual court treatment. It also suggests that children maintained significantly fewer rights than adults under the English system. Though children were theoretically included in all English laws, they could not testify in court and were more likely to be convicted of criminal offences than their adult counterparts.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:children legal status victims juvinile crime
Date of Publication:01/01/2004